Mike and List
To give some context as to which, and whether Thomas Boyd went to Georgia:
The two Stirling brothers listed, William and Hugh, both merchants of Glasgow, were the
2nd and 3rd sons of Sir Mungo Stirling, 2nd Bt of Glorat in Stirlingshire. Their father
Sir Mungo died in 1712, and eldest son James, born 1705, inherited the estates.
William was born about 1708, and Hugh about 1710.
William and Hugh were each granted 500 acres and took up their grants in June 1734. They
were each allowed to take 10 servants with them, and they took 18 between them, who had
all arrived by August 1734. "Coulter and Saye" individually name each of their
and their arrival dates, together with a small bio of both William and Hugh. Neither man
married, and Hugh died in Savannah, Georgia in 1740, and William died in Charleston, South
Carolina in 1743
BUT there is nothing more for Thomas Boyd other than than the bare details of his grant
[Ed: E.Merton Coulter and Albert B. Saye "A List of the Early Settlers of
Published 1949, University of Georgia Press]
Having previously researched William and Hugh Stirling, I went back to my original sources
used in their research, to search for Thomas Boyd, but without any success at all beyond
the one line about his initial grant, repeated in the various sources. There are no other
Thomas Boyds listed by Coulter and Saye.
Thomas Boyd received his grant in August 1736, but I can not find any more references to
him as regards taking up his grant, let alone the names of his servants who he would have
had to take with him, nor any mention of a wife or children, or of children born in
Georgia. Hence, I wonder whether he actually took up his grant, but realized there may
well be problems with the cost of labour and production, compared with that in South
Carolina where "slave labour" was used to farm. This rule of no slaves was
applied by the
Trustees to the large acreage land grants and to the very much smaller business blocks
allocated within the new township of Savannah, thus it affected every aspect of costs
within all trades and occupations in this settlement in Georgia. The problem was that
South Carolina was and is, literally on the other side of the Savannah River from Georgia,
and they had very cheap "slave labour" !
Patrick Houston and the majority of those whom you listed also have good bio's, and
servants are also individually named by Coulter and Saye.
Given the wording of the application and granting of the initial block to Thomas Boyd of
Pitcon, gentleman I interpret him as being Thomas Boyd, who held Pitcon, not a younger son
of him or of a subsequent generation.
For some reason Thomas, perhaps his wife's influence, on top of the "cost of
problems, led Thomas to decided not to take up his grant. He himself only, may have sailed
to Georgie, but "Coulter and Saye" have no record of him even arriving in
than details of his grant, suggesting he did not travel to Georgia at all, but "cut
losses" and stayed in Scotland. This may well have left him with a debt, either to
Trustees, or someone else, and may have contributed to the sale of Pitcon in a subsequent
As a footnote, the white mulberry was for silkworms, as the Trustees had noted the
latitude of Georgia was similar to that of the well established silk growing areas in the
Mediterranean. They did not want crops grown in Georgia that may undermine production in
Great Britain at that time.
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On 22/06/2019 9:37 am, ayrshire-request(a)rootsweb.com wrote:
From: Mike Boyd [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2019 1:28 AM
Subject: [AYR] Thomas Boyd of Pitcon, Ayrshire, granted 500 acres in Georgia in 1736
I went to my local Genealogical Society yesterday to make a list of
Clan Histories and other books on Scottish History and the Clans, when I came upon the
book, Scottish Emigration to Colonial America 1607 � 1785, by David Dobson, 2004.
Most of the other books I have not looked at the book�s index, but for some reason this
one I did. And I was very pleased that I did, as I found several Boyd references.
On page 116, it says On 1 August 1773 Patrick Houston, merchant in Glasgow, was allocated
500 acres of land in Georgia, subject to certain conditions. He had to undertake to bring
with him ten menservants who would for three years; plant two thousand white mulberry
trees, ten per acre; and allocated 20 acres to each manservant in due course.
Similar grants made over the next few years to other Scottish gentlemen resulted in their
settling with their servants and families in Georgia.�
It then goes onto list �
1. John Baillie, merchant of Edinburgh;
2. Andrew Grant, merchant in Edinburgh;
3. James Houston, merchant in Glasgow;
4. Hugh and William Stirling, merchants in Glasgow;
5. Joseph Wardrope, house carpenter in Edinburgh;
6. Patrick Tailfer, physician in Edinburgh;
7. Thomas Baillie, gentleman in Orkney;
8. George Dunbar, gentleman in Inverness-shire;
9. John Cuthbert of Brackies, gentleman in Inverness-shire;
10. Patrick McKay of Cyderhall, gentleman in Sutherland;
11. Patrick Graham, surgeon-apothecary in Crieff;
12. David Blair of Giffordland, gentleman in Ayrshire;
13. Thomas Boyd of Pitcon, gentleman in Ayrshire;